1920 FA Cup Final

The 1920 FA Cup Final, the first since the end of the First World War, was contested by Aston Villa and Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge. Aston Villa won 1–0, with the goal coming in extra time from Billy Kirton, to clinch the trophy for a record sixth time.[1] This was the first ever F.A. Cup Final to require extra time to be played.[2][3]

This was Aston Villa's sixth F.A. Cup Final win. Their opponents had secured promotion from the Second Division this season, having nearly gone out of business, and were appearing in their first final. Aston Villa captain, Andy Ducat, had represented England at both football and cricket.[4] The Villa team had four surviving members of the club's last F.A. Cup final victory in 1913; Tommy Weston, Sam Hardy, Clem Stephenson and Charlie Wallace.[5] Those four Villa players and Frank Moss had all served in the Armed Forces during World War I.[6] Frank Barson, known for his tough style of play, was warned before the kick-off by the referee against using his normal tactics.[7] This was Villa manager George Ramsay's sixth F.A. Cup Final win, a record for a manager, and one that was only equaled in 2016 by Arsene Wenger – against Aston Villa.[6]

The trophy was presented by Prince Henry, the fourth son of King George V.[8][9]

1920 FA Cup Final
Event1919–20 FA Cup
Aston Villa Huddersfield Town
1 0
After extra time
Date24 April 1920
VenueStamford Bridge, London
RefereeJ.T. Howcroft (Bolton)

Match details

Aston Villa1–0 (a.e.t.)Huddersfield Town
Kirton Goal 100' (Report)
Aston Villa
Huddersfield Town
GK 1 England Sam Hardy
RB 2 England Tommy Smart
LB 3 England Tommy Weston
RH 4 England Andy Ducat (c)
CH 5 England Frank Barson
LH 6 England Frank Moss
OR 7 England Charlie Wallace
IR 8 England Billy Kirton
CF 9 England Billy Walker
IL 10 England Clem Stephenson
OL 11 England Arthur Dorrell
Scotland George Ramsay
GK 1 Scotland Sandy Mutch
RB 2 England James Wood
LB 3 England Fred Bullock (c)
RH 4 England Charlie Slade
CH 5 England Tom Wilson
LH 6 England Billy Watson
OR 7 England George Richardson
IR 8 England Frank Mann
CF 9 England Sam Taylor
IL 10 England Jack Swann
OL 11 England Ernie Islip
England Ambrose Langley

Road to Stamford Bridge

How the finalists reached the final.[10] Huddersfield Town were in the Second Division at this time.[10]

Aston Villa

Round 1 Aston Villa 2–1 Queens Park Rangers QPR were a non-league club at this time.[10]
Round 2 Manchester United 1–2 Aston Villa
Round 3 Aston Villa 1–0 Sunderland
Quarter-final Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 Aston Villa Tottenham Hotspur were in the Second Division at this time[10]
Semi-final Aston Villa 3–1 Chelsea played at Bramall Lane, Sheffield

Huddersfield Town

Round 1 Huddersfield Town 2–1 Brentford Brentford were a non-league club at this time.[10]
Round 2 Newcastle United 0–1 Huddersfield Town
Round 3 Huddersfield Town 3–1 Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Argyle were a non-league club at this time.[10]
Quarter-final Huddersfield Town 2–1 Liverpool
Semi-final Huddersfield Town 2–1 Bristol City played at Stamford Bridge, London


  1. ^ "Aston Villa | Club | History | Timeline". Avfc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  2. ^ Tom Davis & Mat Kendrick (18 April 2015). "Aston Villa at Wembley: The 50 most memorable claret and blue moments in the FA Cup". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. ^ John Motson (2005). Motson's FA Cup Odyssey: The World's Greatest Knockout Competition. Robson. p. 48. ISBN 1-861-05903-5.
  4. ^ Richard William Cox, Dave Russell, Wray Vamplew, eds. (2002). Encyclopedia of British Football. Psychology Press. p. 16. ISBN 0-714-65249-0.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Aston Villa's FA Cup Finals". Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Villa's WWI heroes". Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  7. ^ Simon Brunton (16 December 2014). "The forgotten story of … Frank Barson's seven-month ban". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Aston Villa v Huddersfield FA Cup Final 1920". Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  9. ^ Rory Benson (15 August 2016). "Aston Villa vs Huddersfield Town: Pick your Terriers team to start at Villa Park". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "1920 FA Cup Results". Retrieved 27 December 2016.

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Arthur Dorrell

Arthur Reginald Dorrell (30 March 1896 – 13 September 1942) was an English international footballer who played on the left-wing. He was the son of former Villa player William Dorrell. He played for Aston Villa between 1919 and 1931, scoring 65 goals in 390 appearances and winning four England caps. He played in both the 1920 and 1924 FA Cup finals, the first of which Villa won. He then retired after a season with Port Vale.

Billy Smith (footballer, born 1895)

William Henry Smith (23 May 1895 in Tantobie, England – 13 April 1951) was a professional footballer who played most of his career at Huddersfield Town.

He is one of Huddersfield's all-time goal-scorers with 126 goals in his career between 1913 and 1934. Smith scored Huddersfield's winning goal in the 1922 FA Cup Final against Preston North End at Stamford Bridge. He also won three caps for England. He was also the first person ever to score from a corner in England. He made 574 appearances for the Terriers, scoring 126 goals on the way.

Charlie Wallace

Charles William Wallace (20 January 1885 – 26 January 1970) was an English footballer who played for Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Oldham Athletic.

Ernie Islip

Ernest Islip (10 October 1892 – August 1941) was an English professional footballer who played as a forward. He played for several years in the First Division of the Football League, and won the FA Cup with Huddersfield Town.

Frank Barson

Frank Barson (10 April 1891 – 13 August 1968) was an English footballer from Grimesthorpe who played for several English football clubs including Barnsley, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Watford. He had a reputation for aggressive play, and is regarded as one of the "hard men" of English football.Born in Sheffield in 1891 to William and Agnes Barton (he was the third of their six children), he began his career working as a blacksmith and playing for amateur clubs Albion FC and Cammell Laird's, before joining Barnsley Football Club in 1911.

He transferred to Aston Villa in 1919, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1920, and to Manchester United in 1922, with a transfer fee of £5000.On one occasion Barson's hard tackling resulted in a seven-month ban; after a game, he often needed a police escort to protect him from angry opposition fans.

History of Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

The history of Huddersfield Town A.F.C. is an article covering the complete history of an English football club formed in 1908 and based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

In 1926, Huddersfield became the first club to win three successive English League titles – a feat which only three other clubs have been able to match. They also won the FA Cup in 1922 and have been runners-up on four other occasions.

Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

Huddersfield Town Association Football Club is a professional football club in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, which competes in the Championship.

Huddersfield became the first English club to win three successive English League titles in 1926, a feat which only three other clubs have matched. The first two league titles were won under legendary manager and pioneer Herbert Chapman, who also led the club to an FA Cup win in 1922. In the late 1950s the club was managed by Bill Shankly and featured Denis Law and Ray Wilson. Following relegation from the First Division in 1972, Huddersfield spent 45 years in the second, third and fourth tiers of English football, before returning to the top flight in 2017. They were relegated back to the Championship at the end of the 2018–19 season.

Jack Swann

John "Jack" Swann (born 10 July 1893 in Easington, died 1990) was an English football player. During his career, Swann played for Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Watford and Queens Park Rangers. He appeared in the 1920 FA Cup Final for Huddersfield. At Leeds, he helped the team win the Division 2 title, and went on to make over 100 appearances.

When Jack was 89 years old he attended the centenary FA Cup Final at Wembley as a VIP because he was the oldest surviving footballer from an FA Cup Final.

List of Huddersfield Town A.F.C. managers

This is a list of the records of all the managers of Huddersfield Town since the club's inception in 1908.

Richard York

Richard Ernest York (25 April 1899 – 9 December 1969) was an English footballer, who in addition to a long club career with Aston Villa in the Football League appeared twice for the England national team. A winger, he spent 16 years at Villa from 1915 to 1931, and was on the losing team in the 1924 FA Cup Final. He later had brief spells with Port Vale and Brierley Hill Alliance.

Tommy Smart

Tommy Smart (20 September 1896 – 10 June 1968) was an English footballer who played as a full back for Aston Villa. He made five appearance for England at international level, and also played for the Football League XI.Smart was born in Blackheath, which was then in Staffordshire. He had four brothers and four sisters. He played schools football in the Rowley Regis area before joining Blackheath Town, and when his career was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War, he played Army football. After the war, he played for Halesowen Town before signing for Football League First Division club Aston Villa in January 1920.

He soon established himself in Villa's first team, and made his debut for the England team against Scotland in 1921. The third of his five appearances, also against Scotland, was in the first match that England played at Wembley Stadium, on 12 April 1924.Smart scored 8 goals from 408 Football League matches for Villa, and played another 46 matches in the FA Cup, including appearances on the winning side in the 1920 FA Cup Final and on the losing side in 1924. Only six players played more times for the club.

In 1934 he moved on to Brierley Hill Alliance, and retired from football in 1936. He died in 1968.

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